COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Emergency Operations Plan

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Adoption of Emergency Operations Plan

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, and Hanson, and Ms. Thomas

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

December 2, 2009

 

ACTION:                INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:   X          INFORMATION:   

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

REVIEWED BY: 

 


 

BACKGROUND: 

Albemarle County is vulnerable to a variety of hazards such as flash flooding, major river flooding, hurricanes, winter storms, tornadoes, hazardous materials incidents, resource shortages and terrorism.  The Commonwealth of Virginia Emergency Services and Disaster Law of 2000 (Code of Virginia, §§ 44-146.13 et. seq.) requires that state and local governments develop and maintain a current Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) in order to be prepared for such events.  In 2007, Virginia Code § 44-146.19 was amended to require each local and interjurisdictional agency to review and update its EOP every four years.  The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) requests that each locality’s governing body formally adopt an updated EOP by resolution, and provide such resolution to the VDEM. The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle EOP was last adopted in 2002. The Albemarle County Director of Emergency Management is the County Executive.  The day-to-day activities of the emergency preparedness program have been delegated to the Office of Emergency Management Coordinator.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal One: Enhance the Safety of the County

 

DISCUSSION:

The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Emergency Operations Plan, dated November 2009, consists of four sections: a Basic Plan, Emergency Support Functions, Support Annexes and Incident Annexes. 

·               The Basic Plan establishes the legal and organizational basis for operations in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, including UVA, to effectively respond to and recover from all-hazards disasters and/or emergency situations.  It assigns broad responsibilities to local government agencies and support organizations for disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. 

·               The Emergency Support Functions provide for the planning, support, resources, program implementation and emergency services that are most likely to be needed during a disaster.  They serve as the coordination mechanism to provide assistance.   

·               The Support Annexes describe the roles and responsibilities, when appropriate, of local departments and agencies, non governmental organizations and the private sector for those common activities that support the majority of incidents.

·               The Incident Annexes address contingency or hazard situation requiring specialized application of the EOP.

 

The EOP has been reviewed by Tom Hanson and Marjorie Thomas and has been determined to be consistent with all requirements of the Commonwealth of Virginia Emergency Services and Disaster Law of 2000.

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

There is no direct budget impact.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends adoption of the attached Resolution, which adopts the updated Emergency Operations Plan.

 

ATTACHMENTS:

A – Resolution to adopt the Emergency Operations Plan, dated November 2009

The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Emergency Operations Plan is on file in the Clerk’s Office.
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